Entries in Swimsuit Edition (3)


“Sports Illustrated’s” Swimsuit Issue Photo Shoot: Racy or Racist?

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With a hot cover photo of model Kate Upton on this year’s Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, the magazine created a big buzz about photo shoots on all seven continents.

But this year, beautiful models in barely there bikinis are in the middle of a controversy brewing over some photos and video the magazine posted online that did not make it into the magazine — particularly photos taken in Africa and China.

Some people are calling them insensitive.

“For me, the African picture was probably the most offensive because it played on some of the most old and stereotypical images, it showed the African as primitive as almost uncivilized,” said Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia University.

On the website Jezebel, Deputy Editor Dodai Stewart is also critical of the photos.

“Using people of color as background or extras is a popular fashion trope … but although it’s prevalent, it’s very distasteful … people are not props,” Stewart wrote.

One of the models, Emily Didonato, talks about her shoot on SI’s website:

“It was such a cool experience to shoot with someone like that, something completely different from anything I’ve ever seen or someone I’ve met in my life,” she said.

In response to the controversy, Sports Illustrated gave ABC News the following statement:

“Since its inception, the swimsuit issue has been a showcase for beautiful women and exotic locations. This year’s edition went to all seven continents, something that no other publication has done, to present the natural beauty of each setting and its people.  We apologize to anyone who has taken exception to the way their culture was represented.”

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Kate Upton Graces Cover of “Sports Illustrated’s” 2013 Swimsuit Edition

Tony Barson/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Model Kate Upton is back on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue for the second year in a row.

Upton goes “polar bare” — wearing only a hooded white parka and bikini bottom.

Last year, she was featured on the cover wearing a red bikini.

The last model to grace the cover of the swimsuit issue two consecutive years was Tyra Banks in 1996 and 1997, according to Sports Illustrated.

The issue will hit newsstands on Tuesday.

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Get to Know Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Irina Shayk

Photo Courtesy - Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated(NEW YORK) -- Sports Illustrated unveiled the cover of its 2011 swimsuit issue Tuesday.

Russian model Irina Shayk glows on it, kneeling in the sand, basking in the sun, soaking up her moment in the spotlight.

Shayk, 25, hails from Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. After winning a Russian beauty pageant in 2004, she began pursuing a career in modeling. In 2007, she made her SI swimsuit issue debut inside the pages of the magazine and has appeared in every swimsuit edition since then. She's also modeled for Lacoste, Guess, Armani Exchange and the lingerie brands Intimissimi and LaPerla.

Shayk is reportedly dating soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo; the two are rumored to have met through their gigs modeling for Armani Exchange. 

The cover of SI's annual swimsuit extravaganza has launched many careers, including those of supermodels Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

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